Wednesday, February 28, 2007


I'd like for everyone to go over and say "Hello" to Olive who at the young age of 107 has started her own blog (or "blob" as she calls it). In the picture she's drinking a shandy (beer and lemonade).

Good Morning everyone. My name is Olive Riley. I live in Australia near Sydney. I was born in Broken Hill on Oct. 20th 1899.Broken Hill is a mining town, far
away in the centre of Australia. My Friend, Mike, has arranged this blog for me. He is doing the typing and I am telling the stories. He thinks it’s a good idea to tell what’s going on. He already made a film about me a few years back and people liked that, so they might like this blog too, he says. We’ll see.

I think Olive's quite an inspiration for the rest of us who complain about getting older and thicker around the waist with out creaky joints and such while she's still chipper and taking on political causes such as defending lettuce farmers! So far Olive only has 3 posts but she's on a roll and there ain't no stopping her.

Olive is amazed that people from around the world can and do read her stories, so go and let her know that just because you've got a few years on you doesn't mean that no one will listen to you.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


The reason I haven’t been posting anything but news tidbits and such lately is because I’ve been fighting a nasty head cold ever since Friday. I must look as bad as I feel because the guys here are work are following me around, spraying down everything I touch with Lysol so I won’t contaminate the crew and make everyone else sick.

I can’t complain though. Tina has already posted about being housebound by the flu and our youngest sister Lana has been in the hospital ever since last Friday with the flu, bilateral pneumonia, bronchitis and a sinus infection. All this and Wendi’s wedding is this coming Saturday. "When it rains it pours" as the old saying goes.

Tis the season, I guess. I had a flu shot last fall, which may be why I only have a head cold while everyone else is being laid low by the sure ‘nough, real deal flu complete with raging fevers and body aches. I’m not running a fever or anything, just congested and headachy. The worst of it is when I try to sleep, it feels like my head fills up with concrete and there’s a steady nasal drip that driving me nuts (lovely visual ain't it).

The only thing that seems to help is Triaminicin and you can only get that at Walgreen’s (who bought the patent), where they make you do everything but sign away the rights to your first born before they’ll hand over a box of those wonderful yellow pills. The damn druggies have ruined it for us normal folks who just want to get well and get on with our lives.

Maybe I’ll be well in time for the wedding, I sure hope so at least. Ya’ll take care of yourselves. I read on the net that one of the most common places to pick up viruses and germs is the handle of a shopping cart and after seeing all the sick folks shopping for over-the-counter remedies I can believe it. So wash your hands a lot and invest in some liquid hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes and use it as soon as you get in the car. Better to be safe than sorry.

PS: For a little entertainment so visit Cletus, Elroy & Bubba over at the Compleat Redneck blog and read about the RedNeck Hill Climb

Sunday, February 25, 2007


A documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," will premiere on the Discovery Channel on March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show is about crypts (bone boxes) that have been in storage for years and have now gone under rigorous testing and study which seem to prove that they were the final resting place of Jesus's family. Whether you believe or not it ought to make for interesting viewing!

All the crypts were inscribed with names. In addition to "Judah son of Jesus" inscription, which is written in Aramaic on one of the ossuaries, another limestone burial box is labeled in Aramaic with "Jesus Son of Joseph." Another bears the Hebrew inscription "Maria," a Latin version of "Miriam," or, in English, "Mary." Yet another ossuary inscription, written in Hebrew, reads "Matia," the original Hebrew word for "Matthew." Only one of the inscriptions is written in Greek. It reads, "Mariamene e Mara," which can be translated as, "Mary known as the master." Francois Bovon, professor of the history of religion at Harvard University, told Discovery News, "Mariamene, or Mariamne, probably was the actual name given to Mary Magdalene." A mathematical study concludes that the odds are at least 600 to 1 in favor of the Talpiot Tomb being the Jesus Family Tomb. In other words, the conclusion works 599 times out of 600.

The Discovery Channel has set up a special Web site,, to provide related in-depth information and to allow viewers to come to their own conclusions about the entire matter. While it's a matter of Christian faith that Jesus of Nazareth was resurrected from the dead three days after his crucifixion circa 30 C.E "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" claims it does not challenge this belief.

Go check out the website, it's fascinating! I plan to watch the show if I'm not working, I love a good challenge and this sounds like one. Part archaeological adventure, part Biblical history, part forensic science, part theological controversy: this is a story that will be carried around the world.


Time to vote for ... The FIFTH Annual RONDO HATTON

Vote for your favorite movies, on-line sites, comics and tons more scary stuff. The award site also has a great listing of on-line horror movie sites where you can watch the oldies but goodies for free. I personally like Count Gore De Val's Creature Feature!

Saturday, February 24, 2007


My niece Wendi (Donna's daughter) is getting married in a few weeks and Donna's been too busy to post, so I thought I'd share a few pics of the happy couple that she emailed to me.

The wedding shower shindig is tomorrow and I gotta work {{{sniff}}}

Taco Bell rats are stars for a day

A TV crew discovered a rat infestation in a KFC and Taco Bell eatery in Manhattan's Greenwich Village on Friday and filmed the vermin through a window of the building. About a dozen rats were racing around the restaurant's floors, playing with each other and sniffing for food as they dashed around tables and children's high chairs. (See the video here)

Damn, I think I'll just quit eating out and start cooking more often. At least then I'll know that that the meat in my taco isn't laced with rodent-feces .

Let's hope they don't learn to make and use weapons like these chimps, or else we might be on the menu next!

Friday, February 23, 2007


Why is it when the bosses come in and start yammering at us poor downtrodden Flunkies I can't just be quite and fade into the woodwork? Sometimes I fit the proverbial saying:

Don't let your mouth overload your ass.

'Nough said. I need a beer and a warm bath..............

Monday, February 19, 2007


I don't recommend a movie very often but I just have to pass on a must see; the free online documentary, Racehoss. showing on America Free TV's Indi channel. UPDATE: I found the offical site for the movie and where you can buy the DVD (the DVD and the book it's based on are also on Amazon) where you can watch the movie, I don't know if it comes in any better or not but worth a try if you have trouble viewing it on America Free TV.

Born in 1930 in Texas of mixed race, his Mama a prostitute, his childhood full of abuse, problems with the Klan, and a 30-year prison sentence at Retrieve (a plantation-style prison known as “the burnin’ hell”). Sample is a born story teller and his story is one worth telling. You gotta go and see it to believe he could survive and come out alive.

You can't make up shit like this; it's the true life story of Albert Race Sample told by himself. This story will bring you to tears and make you laugh at the same time, Mr. Sample talks the way most people wish they could write, and the fact that it's all true makes it even better.

Warning: lots of cussing and racial slurs but the story wouldn't be the truth without them.

Racehoss, Big Emma's Bog-the book


Hey folks, it's the year of the FIRE PIG . From what all I've read so far it sounds like Fire Pig years have been fraught with incidents: wars, political takeovers, enormous unrest. Wonderful, as if the world have been filled with peace and harmony so far {blogged in a deadly sarcastic voice}.

According to another site, the Annual Forecast for 2007: Year of the Ding Hai - Yin Red Fire Pig - which says in part:

The year symbolises the element Fire sitting over Water. Both these elements are direct opposites and with their clashing relationship, cannot co-exist. This clash of elements will mean frequent international conflicts and serious internal struggles. Civil unrest will lead to uprisings and civil war will break out in several countries, leading to overthrowing of governments. The Female Fire will be quite devastating. Many states will be preoccupied with border disputes, provincial clashes, cross country terrorism and disintegration of existing territories...............

There will be many disasters pertaining to fire and water : fire disasters,volcanic eruptions, wild forest fires, fire arm explosions, bomb attacks, even possible nuclear threats; earthquakes, avalanches, heavy rains, torrential floods, unceasing sea winds, reflux of sea water, defeating atmospheric frosts and melancholic dampness.

There will be many cases of young men marrying older women ............ New comers and females would put on impressive performances this year. In fact, 2007 favours women, especially middle aged women.

The war and natural disasters sound right but I don't know about that last section. If you believe in such things, I was born in the year of the goat and this year is supposed to be happening for us old Nannie Goats:

The beginning of the year is not great - but don't be discouraged. Keep going - a smooth and stable fortune lies ahead. Goats born in 1967 have the best fortune of all the goats this year - it will be a particularly happy year. Male Goats may be under a lot work and family pressure. Female Goats will enjoy a more successful year. If you're an unmarried female Goat, this is an exceptionally great year for romance - your love relationships will be sweet and affectionate.

Yeah, right. "Exceptionally great year for romance " my left foot {or hoof if you please}. I don't remember there being any great demand for plump opinionated over-50 females lately but then again what do I know?


Sunday, February 18, 2007


I went to the "How To Be a Hero" website and guess what? I'm a Wizard! I always knew I had powers of some kind; I just need to learn how to use them (they're calling me a wizard-in-training) in the How to Be a Hero School for Exceptionally Talented Wizards and then I'll be plum dangerous!
As soon as I finish my first mission I'm entitled to join the Famous Adventurer of Silmaria, the first ever FREE online correspondence course that turns unsuspecting netsurfers into legendary heroes! . What is YOUR inner hero?

My Inner Hero - Wizard!

I'm a Wizard!

There are many types of magic, but all require a sharp mind and a cool head. There is no puzzle I can't solve, no problem I can't think my way out of. When you feel confused or uncertain, you can always rely on me to untangle the knots and put everything back in order for you.
How about you? Click here to find your own inner hero.

I've already been given a mission:

Your Mission: You were put on this earth to enlighten people. They will listen to you, because they are impressed by your vocabulary, your erudition, and your ability to grasp concepts that invariably elude them. You are the one who has to figure things out, because let's face it - you're the only one smart enough.Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to Discover Something.

Something small, or something big. Find an unknown insect in your own backyard. Discover a cure for sunburn. Develop a faster way to get the dishes done. Calculate the number of molecules in the Andromeda galaxy. Discover a comet. Discover SOMETHING.And do make it a priority. The Famous Adventurer of Silmaria has a crystal ball trained on you, and will be noting your progress.

But the darn thing comes with a warning! Danger, intrigue, magic and bad guys; what else could a woman desire............................

Do you reckon I could get a designer wizard's robe in purple?

Saturday, February 17, 2007


OK, I know I live out in the sticks. Moulton has a grand population of 3,220 at last count, not exactly what you would call a thriving metropolis. Although we have a ton of fast food places and a couple of decent steak houses the only ethnic restaurant choices we have are 1 Mexican and 1 Chinese. Decatur, the nearest decent sized town, just has a larger number of the same choices.

I'm a better than decent cook, I can knock out everything from Southern comfort food to authentic Italian to some things that just won't fit into any category and get raves from the folks who sit down at the table. But ...... the reason for this post is that although I love cooking and ethnic cuisine, I have to know what flavor I'm striving for in a dish. How do you know when you got "it" if you don't know just exactly what "it" is?

Now lately, it seems that every where I look people are blogging about making Chicken Korma, which sounds lovely but I have no way of sampling it without whipping up a batch at home {hard to do when you have no idea what the finished dish should taste like}. I've done several searches and found lots of recipes but they're all different; some calling for coconut milk, some not, some with almonds others with cashews. Even the spices in the recipes differ. I need help!

So I'm appealing to all my blog-buddies out there. Help a country girl out and pass on a few hints. Where should I start to cook up this so-called tasty Indian dish that others are raving about. Anyone got a recipe you'd like to share?

Friday, February 16, 2007


Hot flashes suck when the doctor yanks out all your girly bits and your body goes totally cattywampus, but now the damn ‘puter is having them too!

A friend installed a new fan last year when I had this same problem; hope it’s not malfunctioning already. I’m gonna get a can of compressed air and give the trusty old CPU a blowjob (get your minds out of the gutter!). There’s probably a ton of dust and cat hair clogging up the works, been awhile since I dragged the processor out and paid some well deserved attention to it.

For now I just keep the computer turned off unless I’m using it. It's so aggravating waiting for everything to boot up and all the antivirus software to scan and report, but it's all I can do right this minute.

Sorry I’ve been MIA, but sometimes real life gets in the way of blogging. I promise to try to do better.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


My sister Donna just called and asked me in an "oh so sweet" voice if I was OK, she was listening to her police-band scanner and heard that an elderly lady on my road had fallen and gotten injured. The hussy was jerking my chain, accusing me of being elderly! I may be mature but by no stretch of the imagination am I'm elderly yet!

My joints may pop and creak but I haven't gotten helpless by a long shot. Hey, I did 15 minutes of yoga and 15 minutes of core exercises just this morning! I think I was doing good considering I had a kitten jerking on my hair and a 30 pound cat jumping up and down on me every time I got down in the floor! Gotta get in shape before summer gets here, ya know. Not that I plan to model a bathing suite any time soon but I do plan to spend some time hiking in our lovely mountains just 10 minutes away in Bankhead forest. I'll start just as soon as the hunters quit shooting at everything that moves.......

Last Sunday was the first of Donna's daughter Wendi's (that's the 2 of them on the right, Dona's the short one, she's 1" being a Smurf LOL) wedding showers, giver by Wendi's father's side of the family. Wendi really racked up; everyone was trying to lay claim to some of the loot that she scored and she's got another shower on the 25th from our side of the family.As you can see at the right, Wendi was tickled with all her new household supplies and do-dads. Her wedding is next month and Donna is overwhelmed trying to get everything ready. They're doing everything themselves with help from the other sisters and my Aunt Pat (no wedding planner) and the event is taking on a life of it's own. I've got to admit that she's doing a fine job, better than I ever could.

I've decided to be my own barrista. While shopping for Windi's wedding shower present I wound up buying myself this Krups XP1500 Coffee and Espresso Combination Machine. To heck with those $5 drinks from Starbucks and Joe Muggs, I'll make my own and be sure to make them fat-free and sugar-free (I've started a collection of DaVinci sugar-free flavored syrups, No Calories. No Carbs. Sugar Free & tons of wonderful flavors that you can use in coffee, tea or on anything else you want sweetened. It's what the coffee shops use and you can buy it at the grocery store in the coffee aisle).

I'm still experimenting but so far my home-made concoctions ain't bad! I've just got to get my ratio of espresso to milk down pat and them I'll be in business, a little guilt-free something to soothe my sweet tooth after dinner besides pie and cake. Y'all come on by and I'll make you a cup and we'll chew the fat for a while.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I went to read my email tonight and was pleasantly surprised to find this lovely note:

Found your blog by accident------love your attitude to life. I work in a warehouse with lots of women who spend all their spare time reading crap about celebrities who they envy and don`t realise that they as hard working good women should live their lives instead of wishing they were someone else in a magazine who is basically a high class prostitute. I intend to show them your blog and tell them (that's how you live life) now get on with it, get off your diet, have fun,and be proud-----if your boy friends don`t think you`re thin enough then get rid of them.


Mike, thank you sooooooo much for the sweet words! While I realize that I'm not totally repulsive, I'd like to lose a few pounds for myself (both for health reasons and my own self-esteem) but it's nice to know that there are wonderful men (like you) out there who appreciate a woman for herself. Don't worry, I plan to enjoy life to it's fullest, but perhaps cut out a donut or two and maybe dance naked around the house a bit more.

It's sad that your female coworkers yearn to be someone else instead of themselves, there's so much more to life. One thing about it, no one has ever accused me of being anything but my own individual self, sometimes too much so! I've always had a habit of doing whatever I want, regardless of if it's socially acceptable or not, and to hell with anyone who doesn't like it.

Once again, thanks for the words of support. You know, you can always join our little band of commenters, I'd love to hear from you on a regular basis!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Damn, I wish I was rich instead of goodlooking.......

Click on picture to enlarge:

It's been a bad week (equipment malfunctions up the wazoo and rookie operators who yell for help when my shit if tearing up too and I don't have time to do both our jobs!) but I've only got one more day to go after today, if I can just get out the door and gone before they lock me in on OVERTIME for the weekend! Wish me luck.......

Monday, February 05, 2007


Every post can't be funny or entertaining, but they can be necessary for your family's safety.

Do you know how safe it is for your kids and grand kids to be out alone in your front yard? Are there any sex offenders living close to your home? Here are the sad facts about sex offenses and those that perpetrate them.

Impact on Society
1 of 5 girls will be sexually molested before her 18th birthday.
1 of 6 boys will be sexually molested before his 18th birthday.
1 of 5 children has been propositioned for sex over the Internet.
2 of 3 sexual abuses are perpetrated against teenagers or younger children.
90% of sexual assaults are committed against someone the perpetrator knows.
The median age for male molestation victims under 18 is 9.8 years old.
The median age for female molestation victims under 18 is 9.6 years old.
There are new 400,000 victims of sexual assault every year.
There are over 550,000 registered sex offenders in the US.
There are over 100,000 sex offenders that fail to register in the US.
76% of serial rapists claim they were molested as children.
Over 40% of male juvenile delinquents were molested as children.

Go and check out Family Watch Dog: Nation Sex Offenders Registry. The thing really works!

Enter your address and it'll show you all the bad guys in your neighborhood, their pictures, what they were convicted of, and how close to a school they live. I was horrified when I tried it, I thought I lived in a nice peaceful part of the country but I found out that there were molesters and rapists within a few miles of my home.

Pass the word around, this website could save a family somewhere from the grief of a child being abused or worse, kidnapped never to be seen again.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


It's been a busy weekend so I'll just leave you with some pictures from Karen's birthday party, plus one of Rufus doing his thing.
Karen and her husband Joe.

Karen's son Brock and me.

Me and Sweet Thang

Rufus doing his "You know you want me" kitty porn pose.

Friday, February 02, 2007


Dang, that's a big youngun!

Antonio Cruz, who was born January 28, 2007, weighed in 14 lbs and 21.7 inches long! He lies next to an unidentified, more averaged sized baby at a hospital in Cancun on January 31st.

I feel sorry for this kid's Mama!